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The VICE Morning Bulletin

The VICE Morning Bulletin

Bruno Mars cleans up at Grammys, attack at Afghan military base kills at least 11, majority of millennials say US on "wrong track," and more.
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Everything you need to know about the world this morning, curated by VICE.

US News

Legislation to Protect Robert Mueller Again Broached on Capitol Hill
Senator Lindsey Graham said he would be “glad” to support legislation preventing or complicating any attempt by the president to fire the special counsel, but also suggested the measure may not be necessary. Graham’s Republican colleague, Senator Susan Collins, said congressional action to secure Mueller’s position “probably wouldn’t hurt.” House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, however, disagreed. "I don't think there’s a need for legislation right now to protect Mueller," he said.—The New York Times

Hillary Clinton Criticized for Reading ‘Fire and Fury’ at the Grammys
Nikki Haley, US ambassador to the UN, complained that a Grammy awards sketch in which Clinton read from Michael Wolff’s book about the Trump White House “killed” the ceremony. “Don’t ruin great music with trash,” Haley tweeted. Trump tweeted: “Getting to read a #fakenews book excerpt at the Grammys seems like a great consolation prize for losing the presidency.”—CNN


Fitness App Heat Maps Said to Reveal Soldiers’ Locations
The US military was scrutinizing the online publication of heat maps apparently showing the jogging routes of US personnel overseas. Compiled by GPS firm Strava, the Global Heat Map is based on data from fitness apps like Fitbit, and may have inadvertently pointed to US bases—some of them classified—in Iraq, Syria, and elsewhere.—The Washington Post

Majority of Millennials Say US on ‘Wrong Track’
The latest NBC News / GenForward poll found 63 percent of young people aged 18 to 34 thought the country was not going in the right direction. The same proportion disapproved of Trump’s job performance. Only 50 percent of millennials said they were planning on voting for a Democrat at this year’s midterms, with another 25 percent expressing uncertainty about which party they would vote for, or whether they would vote at all.—NBC News

International News

Attack at Afghan Military Base Leaves at Least 11 Dead
The deaths were the product of a suicide bombing and shootout at an army facility in Kabul Monday, an early-morning raid for which ISIS claimed responsibility. The Afghan defense ministry said 16 more soldiers were wounded, and four militants killed. The assault came after Saturday’s suicide bombing in Kabul that left at least 100 people dead.—BBC News

Russian Opposition Leader (Again) Arrested at Rally
Alexei Navalny was taken into into custody at anti-government rally in Moscow’s Pushkinskaya Square on Sunday. Police also picked up eight of his staffers after raiding the opposition leader's offices, with 185 people reportedly arrested at protests held across the country. Navalny was released, but will soon have to appear in court to face charges.—CNN


Australia Wants to Be ‘Top Ten’ Arms Exporter
The Australian government has announced a plan to become one of the world’s leading exporters of weapons. “The goal is to get into the top ten,” said Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull. The government was to set up a $3.1 billion loan program for manufacturers struggling to get funding from the country’s banks.—AP

At Least a Dozen Killed in Yemeni Gun Battle
Some 130 others were reportedly wounded as government soldiers fought separatist militants in the southern city of Aden. Gunfire erupted Sunday after separatists with the Southern Transitional Council (STC) took control of the city's main government building.—Al Jazeera

Everything Else

Bruno Mars Wins Big
The pop star took home six awards at the Grammys, including album of the year and song of the year. Kendrick Lamar earned four awards including best rap album for DAMN. and best music video for “Humble.”—Rolling Stone

Weirdly Bad Night for Female Representation at the Grammys
Only one female solo star won a major award at Sunday night’s ceremony: Alessia Cara for best new artist. While Kesha’s performance paid tribute to #MeToo, Lorde, the only female nominee for album of the year, was reportedly denied the chance to perform on her own.—Noisey

Alec Baldwin Bizarrely Suggests Dylan Farrow Made Up Sexual Abuse
The actor compared Woody Allen’s adopted daughter to Mayella Ewell, the To Kill a Mockingbird character who falsely accuses a man of rape but was also raped by her father. “Her tears/exhortations r meant 2 shame u in2 belief in her story,” Baldwin tweeted.—Vulture


Omarosa Signs Up for ‘Celebrity Big Brother’
The former assistant to the president and star of The Apprentice Omarosa Manigault joined the cast for the upcoming CBS show. American Pie actress Shannon Elizabeth and Sugar Ray singer Mark McGrath, among others, were also slated to take part.—Variety

Trump Says He Gets British Fan Mail
In a British TV interview with Piers Morgan, the president claimed to be “very popular” in the UK, despite a petition signed by more than one million Brits demanding his invitation for an official visit be withdrawn. “I get so much fan mail from people in your country,” Trump said.—VICE News

JAY-Z Attacks Trump’s ‘Hurtful’ Remarks
In an interview for The Van Jones Show, the rapper described Trump’s reference to “shithole countries” as “disappointing and hurtful.” Trump responded by tweeting “Somebody please inform Jay-Z… Black Unemployment has just been reported to be at the LOWEST RATE EVER RECORDED!”—Noisey / CNN

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